Try Tag Rugby has made waves in its first summer in Brighton & Hove. After starting its first ever league at the end of April, Try Tag Rugby Brighton & Hove has nearly 150 people currently playing weekly in its mixed gender summer league at Hove Green on a Wednesday evening.

Alongside the league, the buzzing weekly after match social at the nearby Good Companions pub plus a number of fun organised socials away from the pitch has helped create a thriving social scene. It has already built them the reputation as one of the most social leagues!

Player Clarissa Jackson from the Willow Fluffers team, who joined the first league back in April, said: “I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to get into sport regardless of ability, or just looking to expand their social circle. This is such a great and fun community to become part of.”

Steph McCabe is the licence owner and operates the licence alongside her full time job as a Business Development Manager for an Irish start-up. Steph first got involved in Try Tag Rugby as a player in London before going on to work for Try Tag Rugby at the head office in London until 2019. With no Tag on offer when she moved to Brighton, Steph had an enforced break from the game, but she had enjoyed her time at TTR and maintained a real love for the game and the community she had seen it create. It wasn’t until she saw the success of the Edinburgh North licence in 2022, that she became inspired by the way fellow female licensee Clodagh Nic Lochlainn had successfully taken on the licence alongside her full-time job that she decided to follow suit and do the same in Brighton

Steph, like many Try Tag Rugby licensees, had never run a business before taking on a licence, she said: “It was quite daunting at first, there is a lot of work involved but I’m really enjoying it. It’s a new challenge but very exciting. Head Office has been fantastic, nothing is ever too big or too small for them and I feel really supported”

She has loved being back in the sport, this time as her own boss, and has really enjoyed bringing Try Tag Rugby and its associated social community to Brighton & Hove.

“It’s been very rewarding, I love seeing new people rocking up for the first time, many never having touched a rugby ball before and immediately loving Tag Rugby.

“It really has been such a joy seeing this wonderful, sociable, friendly community growing around us here in Brighton & Hove!”

Try Tag Rugby are on the lookout for more ambitious, energetic, hardworking people to launch additional Licensed Try Tag Rugby Regional Communities in Spring / Summer 2024. Opportunities exist across the UK including Cardiff, Glasgow, Birmingham, Newcastle, Cambridge & many more locations.

If you would like to find out more, please visit the licence section of our website at